Yes I now think that faster typing is an essential programming skill!!
After 30 years working in IT:
We no longer have secretary's, no keypunch operators,
no data entry clerks, to do the typing for us
programmers, teachers, policemen, doctors(MD's, real doctors),
nurses, clerks, accountants, lawyers etc, all do their
ALL OF US SHOULD BUILD UP THEIR TYPING TO BE
COMPETETIVE, SOON I EXPECT WELL SEE TYPING
SKILL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OF THOSE JOBS!
WHAT EMPLOYER WANTS TO PAY $30 TO $100 PER
HOUR TO A PERSON WHO TYPES 20 WPM!!!!
THINK ABOUT IT?
WHAT DO EMPLOYERS WANT, HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY!!
FAST TYPING INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY.
When I started in IT, you would write your code on coding sheets,
pass them on to a typist/ data entry person and forget about it for
3 days to 2 weeks!!!
Now you are on your own!!!
Every job requires much higher productivity, since the advent
of object orient languages!!
C++, java, php, asp are symbol intensive languages!!!
cobol, rpg and ibm assembler languages used a minimal
amount of symbols!! ( the good old days).
Yes fast typing is a productivity booster, so after 29 years of
25 wpm typing, I did several online typing courses ans
now type 60 wouds per minute!!
It took a year doing 2 to 3 hrs per week,
if I did it again, I would do at least 1 hr per day,
I still write my programs on a paper note book(on the subway
or on a bus or in the park or at work!
Desk correct it, them type it in for a compile.
Now 3 times faster than before!